This is apparently going viral, although the YouTube view count doesn’t show it (how can a video have almost 3,000 “likes” yet only have 307 views?). This is the heart-wrenching story of Ben Breedlove, as he relates it in a two-part, hauntingly beautiful way, using hand-written words on cards for the world to read.
Ben had just created these videos a few days ago as it was uploaded on December 18. I haven’t confirmed this, but it’s all over the net right now and also in Kudi’s remarks. Apparently Ben passed away on Christmas night. RIP.
The beautifully, haunting melodic music is a song called “Mad World” by Gary Jules, and quite fitting it is for this story. The chorus contains the following lines:
And I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
When people run in circles its a very, very
Mad world, mad world
GOOD NEWS! If any of you have been watching or listening to any of the major talk shows lately, certainly you’ve heard of Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser. He’s the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), and in light of the recent Oklahoma law, the organization has issued a press release lauding the passage of the law. Here’s a portion of the press release:
“As Muslims dedicated to modernity, reform and our one law system in the west and in the United States, AIFD applauds the people of Oklahoma for passing State Question 755 and making “the legal precepts of other nations or cultures” off-limits to Oklahoma courts and specifically denying the use of Sharia Law.
The issue is simple. As Americans we believe in the Constitution, the Establishment Clause, and our one law system. SQ755 reaffirms the First amendment to the Constitution and prevents the Establishment or empowerment of a foreign legal system like the specific shariah legal systems implemented in many Muslim majority nations and in western shariah courts seen in places like Britain.
You gotta hand it to Greta Van Susteren, Adam Housely and Steve Harrigan, for their moment-by-moment vigil in tonight’s gripping coverage of the rescue of the miners in Copiaco, Chile. The first miner to come out after 69 days almost a half-mile underground, was Florencio Avalos Silver. This was an outstanding moment, and you have to know that God had His hand in this miracle.
God bless all the families in Chile, as well as the folks from NASA and American mine experts who aided in this effort.
Today on FNC’s America Live, Megyn Kelly had Army Capt. Scotty Smiley and his wife Tiffany on the show to talk about his truly heroic story, from tragedy to triumph. You see, Capt. Smiley is making history – he’s the first ever totally blind Soldier to serve on active duty. If this lovely couple doesn’t give you hope, then you have no feelings.
Captain Scotty Smiley, a Ranger and combat-diver qualified infantryman, was the Army’s first active-duty, blind officer and its first blind company commander. On April 6, 2005, he lost use of both eyes when a suicide car bomber blew himself up thirty meters in front of Scotty’s Stryker vehicle. Since that day, Scotty Smiley has surfed in Hawaii, skied in Vail, skydived, climbed Mount Rainier, completed a triathlon, and graduated from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with his MBA. The Army Times named Captain Smiley its Soldier of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 he won an ESPY as the world’s Best Outdoor Athlete. Scotty, a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, recently taught the core course in leadership at West Point and now commands the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point’s Keller Army Medical Center.
Last night, Shepard Smith started a series called the “Rise of Freedom,” set to chronicle the building and construction of the new towers, the Memorial, and surrounding sites.
If everything gets built like was shown tonight, it will be a beautiful site (and a stab in the eye of all the Islamofascists in the world). I’m just sad that it’s taken so long to rebuild there. However, knowing that this first site is already seven stories down, it gives me some relief with the pace. I hadn’t realized so much work was being done underground. And apparently the new structures appear they’ll be super-duper strength and reinforced to the hilt. I hope all of these structures are able to be completed by the 10-anniversary, as discussed in this segment. It would be a phenomal accomplishment, considering the current pace.
God bless all these construction workers and everyone involved in this labor of love.